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United Nude turns architecture into shoes

Debonair catches up with Rem D. Koolhaas, founder and creative director of United Nude, a brand known for its forward-thinking and innovative footwear designs and collaborations

Style is personal, while fashion is more general.

My earliest fashion memory is… when I was 10 years old and I noticed kids, including myself, suddenly becoming aware of what we were wearing. There was a certain type of jeans, brand and style, with matching sneakers that was noticeable. This fashion awareness was probably more of a brand and trend awareness. 

The most stylish item I own is… a pair of Issey Miyake conceptual trousers.

My most valuable item is… an Issey Miyake coat the Issey Miyake design team gave me after our first shoe collaboration.

The difference between fashion and style is… Style is personal, while fashion is more general.

Style is personal, while fashion is more general.

The one look I wish I could pull off is… a spandex superhero outfit, but I simply don’t have the superhero body! 

The one item nobody should wear is… anything made out of real fur.

What are your thoughts on accessories? They should be practical and timeless.

When I shop I… have to force myself to buy something to avoid wasting time. I usually end up buying very basic things. Every time I’ve bought something special, I hardly ever wear it — apart from shoes.

Do you prefer bricks or clicks? I prefer to buy in brick-and-mortar stores as I’m very picky, so I need to try things on. If I am rebuying the same item, then I prefer online shopping.

Who would you say is the most stylish man to have ever lived? Karl Lagerfeld. 

If you could invite three designers to a dinner party, who would you invite? Mies van der Rohe, Coco Chanel and Enzo Ferrari.

Match it

Alysia Thomas London

Cherry blossoms scarf
AED 1,000.00

Sunspel

Q82 Short Sleeve Crew Neck White
AED 249.00

Taylor Morris

Saratoga II, Black and white marble frame with grey polarized lenses.
AED 650.00

Richard James

Trousers Stretch Cotton Twill
AED 925.00

The one item I can’t live without are my... Ray-Ban sunglasses.

What I like best about my job is... that I have a certain amount of freedom to create new things and experiment.

How do you feel about the industry? I have a love-hate relationship with the fashion industry. I love the surprising moments of beauty and elegance, while at the same time I hate how the social power game is ruled by just a few, which is then supported by a larger group of very fickle people in the industry. 

If I weren’t in the fashion industry, I would… be designing and developing more houses and cars, and I would also create more art. 

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